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Gopinath Munde cremated; autopsy result show Munde did not suffer heart attack

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 1:57pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

  • Pankaja  Munde Pankaja Munde performing the funeral rites of her father Gopinath Munde Shashank Sane

Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde passed away on Tuesday morning after meeting with a fatal car accident in Delhi.

LATEST UPDATES: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 

* AIIMS doctor Dr Amit Gupta says autopsy report of Gopinath Munde has been sent to the Delhi Police. Gupta adds that contrary to previous claims, Munde did not suffer heart attack but internal injuries caused the heart to stop. The Union Minister suffered internal injuries in abdomen and neck and there was fracture separation of cervical vertebra between C1 and C2 (atlanto-axial joint) associated with transaction of spinal cord. The wound was associated with laceration of vertebral artery with other neck vessels and muscles and hemantoma measuring about 1,000 cc, the report mentions. Read more

* As soon as Gopinath Munde was cremated, some agitated supporters went on a rampage, demanding CBI probe into union minister's death in an accident. The supporters torched police vans, other vehicles and gheraoed Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's car, while he was on his way to a helipad.

* Gopinath Munde's body was cremated with full state honours in his hometown, Parli, in Maharashtra's Beed district. His elder daughter, Pankaja, lit his pyre.

* The last rites of Gopinath Munde are underway in Parli

* Chaos, emotional scenes at Parli as Gopinath Munde's supporters throng the site of his funeral. His elder daughter Pankaja appeals to the crowd to keep calm as police struggle to control the crowds

* Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar pay tribute to the Late Gopinath Munde

* Gopinath Munde's body arrives at Parli. He will be cremated today with full state honours.

* Munde's body arrives at Latur airport

* Munde's final rites will be held at his hometown, Parli, in Beed district of Maharashtra. His last rites will be performed by his eldest daughter, Pankaja.

Top BJP leaders, including Rajnath Singh, LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj, will attend Munde's funeral at his hometown Parli.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

* Gopinath Munde's body reaches Mumbai; funeral tomorrow. Read More

Photo Courtesy of Puneet Chandhok/dna

* Driver of cab which hit Gopinath Munde's car was speeding, had jumped red light: Delhi Police. Read more

Also Read: Gopinath Munde joins long list of popular politicians felled by road accidents

* Union Cabinet mourns Gopinath Munde's death, hails him as a visionary

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday condoled the death of Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde and said that in his demise the country has lost a visionary leader who was held in high esteem across the political spectrum. A special cabinet meeting convened this evening to mourn Munde's death passed a resolution to place on record its appreciation of his services to the nation in different capacities both at the state and national levels. Read More

* Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday condoled untimely demise of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde as a great loss to the nation. Read More

* Political differences blurred as Congress President Sonia Gandhi wrote a personal letter to Union Minister Gopinath Munde's family condoling his death and Rahul Gandhi visited the BJP office to pay respects to the departed leader. Read More.

* Court grants bail to driver Gurvinder Singh in Gopinath Munde's accident case

* Intelligence Bureau and Special Cell are probing the conspiracy angle, if any, in the case, Delhi Police tells court.

* Delhi court grants bail to Gurvinder Singh, arrested in connection with Union minister Gopinath Munde accident case.

* Narendra Modi pays respects to Gopinath Munde" target="_blank">[PIX] Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to Gopinath Munde

* The BJP leaders in Goa today recalled Gopinath Munde as the 'brain behind BJP-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) alliance in the state' and mettle behind party's success in Goa.
The current Manohar Parrikar-led government is a BJP-MGP alliance, the union of like-minded parties conceived in the year 1994. Read More.

* Gopinath Munde’s liver was ruptured in the road accident and he suffered a cardiac arrest due to shock, as per preliminary postmortem report: reports

* Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry condoled the untimely demise of the Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Gopinath Munde. 

* In her condolence message, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, said that “We had hoped to work in close coordination with him towards the development of the nation, but that couldn’t be. May God give his family courage and strength to bear this irreparable loss.” 

* Gopinath Munde's body being taken to Delhi airport, from where it will be flown to Mumbai. 

* Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi reaches BJP headquarters, pays homage to Gopinath Munde. 

* Gopinath Munde's mortal remains will be flown to Mumbai today evening, where Maharashtra BJP workers will pay their last respects.

* On Wednesday, the body will be flown to Latur and then a road procession will be taken forward till Parli Vaijnath town in Beed district. The last rites will be held at 4:30 pm tomorrow. 

* Gopinath Munde's last remains brought to BJP headquarters. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP leaders LK Advani, Arun Jaitley, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Smriti Irani, Murli manohar Joshi, Vijay Goel, Sushma Swaraj, Ananth Kumar, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu among others pay respect. 

* Rahul Gandhi pays last respects to Gopinath Munde at BJP headquarters.

* The union cabinet will meet at 4pm today to condole Munde's death.

* Gopinath Munde's family reaches AIIMS. Munde's elder daughter is accompanied by Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goel. After the post-mortem is completed Munde's body will be taken to BJP headquarters in Delhi where party leaders will pay their last respects. 

Also read: Union minister Gopinath Munde's death brings together bereaved leaders across different parties


* The post mortem on the body of the union minister is currently being carried out in AIIMS, following which it will be moved to the BJP headquarters in Ashoka road.*His funeral will be held in his village in Beed district tomorrow. BJP leaders are all presently heading to AIIMS to pay their condolences. Meanwhile Munde's family is currently en route to Delhi from Mumbai. Meanwhile Maharashtra opposition leader Vinod Tawde had tweeted this out:

* Gopinath Munde's body reaches BJP office.

Here's a timeline of Munde's illustrious career:

BJP Maharashtra clarified the whole controversy angle and certain leaders seeking CBI probe:

BJP Maharashtra clarified its stand on the issue by stating that the demand for a CBI probe was only form individual leaders which was an emotional outburst and not the collective demand of the party. 

* Maharashtra BJP leader Avdoot Bagh says that Mundeji's car accident is a big conspiracy and may have been done by some people who are not happy with Narendra Modi and Gopinath Munde's win.  Read: Shiv Sena shocked at Gopinath Munde's demise

* It's a big loss for Maharashtra's society and farmers,we will miss him: Sanjay Raut,Shiv Sena on Munde.

Read: Gopinath Munde: The OBC face of BJP in Maharashtra

The OBC face of BJP in Maharashtra and former Deputy Chief Minister, Gopinath Munde, who had joined the Union Cabinet for the first time a week back, was all set to spearhead the party's campaign in the upcoming Assembly polls in the state to wrest power from the Congress-NCP combine.

The 64-year-old Rural Development Minister, who died today following a road accident here, was a five-time MLA and had always harboured the ambition of becoming first BJP Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

[Click] LIVE UPDATES: Maharashtra BJP unit seeks CBI probe into Gopinath Munde's death; BJP leaders express shock over the incident

* Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expresses shock over the untimely demise of senior BJP leader and Union Minister Gopinath Munde. 

ReadPranab Mukherjee condoles Gopinath Munde's death

President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the untimely demise of Union Minister Gopinath Munde and said the country has lost a veteran leader who always worked for the common man.

* A report by Zee News quoted unnamed BJP state officials as saying that they wanted a CBI investigation into the accident as they suspected possible foul play.

* Vice President Hamid Ansari profoundly saddened at the passing away of Gopinath Munde, offers condolences to the aggrieved family. 

* NCP supremo Sharad Pawar shocked with news of Gopinath Munde's sad demise, says “We have lost a dynamic mass leader. My heartfelt condolences.” 

* Gopinath Munde had five terms as MLA in the Maharashtra legislature and in his second term as the MP from Beed, 

* 'Very sorry to hear about the tragic and untimely death of Gopinath Munde. May his soul rest in peace': Omar Abdullah

* Congress president Sonia Gandhi extended heartfelt condolences on the sudden demise of Union Minister Gopinath Munde in an unfortunate road accident. 

* Maharashtra BJP leader Avdoot Bagh says that Mundeji's car accident is a big conspiracy and may have been done by some people who are not happy with Narendra Modi and Gopinath Munde's win. 

* Congress president Sonia Gandhi extended heartfelt condolences on the sudden demise of Union Minister Gopinath Munde in an unfortunate road accident. 

Here's what Hamid Ansari said about the incident: 

Here is vice president Hamid Ansari's statement on the death of Gopinath Munde: I am profoundly saddened at the passing away of Shri Gopi Nath Munde, the Union Minister for Rural Development in a tragic road accident today.

Shri Munde was amongst the most prominent political leaders of Maharashtra who had a long and illustrious public life during which he served his state and the country in various capacities with great distinction. In his departure, we have lost a distinguished public servant whose absence will be felt by one and all. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I pray to the Almighty to give them strength and fortitude to bear this loss.”

* Gopinath Munde was a messiah for farmers,was loved by all our workers. Will be tough to bear this loss-Ram Lal, BJP 

* Very painful news,I can't believe it. Munde ji was a senior and hardworking leader-Rashid Alvi,

* I can't believe this, just yesterday evening Munde ji was talking to me about farmer issues-Ramvilas Paswan 

* The driver of the Indica car, which hit Munde's vehicle is registered with Imperial hotel. The driver is in police custody has been identified as Gurvinder. 

* The Union Cabinet will meet at 4 pm today to condole the passing away of Gopinath Munde. 

Here was Gopinath Munde's last post: 

* Maharashtra BJP leaders raise suspicion and smell conspiracy over Munde's car accident and call for CBI probe. 

* Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh mourn Munde's death and offer condolences to his family. 

* As mark of respect to Gopinath Munde, Government has decided that National Flag will be flown half mast today in Delhi and capitals of states and Union Territories. 

* External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj offers condolences to Gopinath Munde's family. 

* Joint Commissioner of Police, Mukesh Kumar says that investigations are under way and confirmed that driver of the Indica car which hit Munde's vehicle today morning has been arrested. 

* BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prakash Javadekar and Sudhanshu Trivedi express shock over Munde's demise and offer condolences to his family. 

* Shocked to hear the sad demise of Gopinath Munde, a personal friend & a great leader.My heartfelt condolences to the Family: Digvijaya Singh

* We have lost a dynamic mass leader': Sharad Pawar on Gopinath Munde's death

* Smriti Irani reached AIIMS. she refused to comment and was seen in tears. 

* AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal pays condolences with a tweet: 

* Shocked to hear the sad demise of Gopinath Munde a personal friend and a great leader. My heartfelt condolences to the Family- Digvijaya Singh

Watch the video for live updates here:

Anand Mahindra also tweeted condolences over the sudden loss of a prolific leader. "R.I.P Gopinath Munde. A cruel twist in a tale of recent triumph. And a humbling reminder that we are not the writers of our own stories." 

Also read: Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh express grief over Gopinath Munde's death; Last rites to be held at Beed district on Wednesday

* It is extremely shocking. I still cannot believe he is not between us- Prakash Javadekar,BJP on Gopinath Munde 

Munde was en route to Indira Gandhi International airport to take a flight to Mumbai when the accident occurred at around 6.20 am in Delhi's Moti Bagh area, not far from senior BJP leader LK Advani. His car was involved in a head-on collision with another car, an Indica, at Aurobindo Chowk. Munde was travelling with a personal security guard and his personal driver. The driver of the Indica has been arrested and preliminary inquiries are in progress.

Here are some updates from the incident:

According to his private secretary, who spoke to dna, though not physically injured in the accident, Munde suffered a massive cardiac arrest. He asked for a glass of water, which he drank, and then told his driver to rush him to hospital. He then collapsed in the car.​ He was rushed to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre at 6.30.

According to doctors at AIIMS, when Munde arrived at the hospital, he had no blood pressure, he was not breathing, and there was no pulse. Doctors carried out CPR on him for 50 minutes, but failed to revive him after his heart failed to function. Munde was a diabetes patient and also suffered from hypertension. He was declared dead at 7.20 am. Doctors say, clinically, he died from a cardiac arrest since no cardiac activity was detectable.

Former BJP president and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan, spoke to the media, and confirmed the news of Munde's death. Harsh Vardhan said Munde had no external, physical injuries apart from an abrasion on his nose. The cause of death will be determined only after a post mortem.

Munde's body will be taken to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka road for party leaders to pay their last respects. Gadkari said Munde's body will be flown by a special chartered flight to Latur airport in Maharahstra on Tuesday evening, from where he will be taken to his village, Parali, in Beed district for his last rites, which will be performed on Wednesday. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Munde's death is a major blow to the nation and the government

In a series of posts on the microblogging website Twitter, PM Modi expressed his grief at Munde's death and his condolences towards Munde's family.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on way to AIIMS, also expressed his condolences on Twitter. 

Also Read: Pall of gloom in Gopinath Munde's hometown.

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